“Bounty”

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Peanut Vendor

Miseria! Miseria!

te gustaría comprar una bolsa?

Through the translator

I understand

Retrieving pesos from my pocket

Placing them

In her old weathered hands

Her solemn face

Cracks a smile

Gracis! Gracis!

She exclaims

Before she hurried down the sidewalk

Towards a street

Which I can’t pronounce its name

Chichen Itza

I feel the energy

As we move closer

To the grounds

The Great temple

Massive pyramid

Is directly ahead

The warrior’s spirit

Is alive

Within the carvings

About the stones I close my eyes

Breath in

The sticky humid air

As the hot beams

Illuminate all it hovers above

Voyeur

My interest is always piqued

I wander crowded roads

Trampled paths

Dark corners

Alleyways

Constantly in search of

The chase

The adventure

The pain

The lust

Not to participate

… only to watch

Collect

Record

For I am a voyeur

Everything is ALIVE!

Everything is to be witnessed!

I am a voyeur

A man carved in granite

A man

Carved in granite

His presence looms above

His gaze

Fixed on the horizon

Reminds us to reach the mountaintops

That he did not

A sense of warmth

Hope

Optimism

Washes over me

As I stand there

Before him

Amongst the crowd

Inhaling history

Exhaling peace

Graduation (2017)

Our robes flow

Path open

And free

It’s graduation

The tassel hangs

Over year

Shines

In the light

It’s graduation

Our eyes locked

Hands clasped

Not knowing

It will be the last time

It’s graduation

I look back

Opportunities lost

New existence gained

It’s graduation

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Am I not (2017)

Am I not

A painter

Illustrator

Inlet

Artist

Am I not

A lover

Husband

Father

Son

Am I not

A writer

Poet

Storyteller

Grio

Am I not

Powerful

Intelligent

Thoughtful

And calm

Am I not

A man

Endangered

Only one

Of his

Kind

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